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Recruitment: the road less travelled

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17 May 2018
Recruitment: the road less travelled

One of the most common questions that I get asked from family, friends, candidates and clients is: ‘Out of all industries in the job market, why did you choose recruitment as a career path?’

To be very honest, I did not intend to pursue a career in recruitment. Having done a double major in economics and mathematics, I wanted to work in the finance industry. My first job was in a traditional bank, and there was no clear path ahead for me in the recruitment industry.

My journey to recruitment

I stumbled into the recruitment industry 7 years ago when I found myself in a really tough interview at PageGroup. Besides drilling me with many questions, I also had a chance to meet with multiple parties from the company. One common trait that struck me during this interview process was the amount of passion and enthusiasm each recruitment consultant I met with possessed. They were genuinely interested in helping me develop a career plan, and their professionalism left a positive impression on me.

As I wanted to be in a challenging work environment that allowed for career progression and to develop my career internationally, I jumped on this opportunity to work for Page Personnel, an arm of PageGroup that specialises in the recruitment of permanent, contract and temporary positions. At that time, PageGroup’s expansion plans in the market allowed me to take on the challenge of launching and growing their new brand, Page Personnel.

My last 7 years with PageGroup has exposed me to many new and exciting opportunities. I have had the chance to work with a dedicated team of people who are determined to be successful in their own specialised industry. Team work is a key element at PageGroup and my team inspires and motivates me every single day to achieve our targets. Everyone that I have worked with at PageGroup not only gives their 100% on the job, but has also been very collaborative, allowing us to overcome many challenges together.

A day in the life of a recruiter

Recruiting is a dynamic and fast-paced job. There’s never a dull day in the office - we thrive on an upbeat and vibrant atmosphere in the office and I find myself always on my feet as I’m either on the phone with clients or out for a meeting with candidates. My role at PageGroup has been multi-faceted: besides having to identify and develop client/business relationships in a competitive environment, I advise on the most appropriate solution for attracting candidates and maintaining a candidate database. Every client and assignment is unique, allowing me to assess and respond to each candidate and client’s needs accordingly.

One of the key things that I have learnt, and that potential recruitment consultants need to learn quickly is time management. Multi-tasking is the name of the game as you’ll constantly have to be on top of the full recruitment cycle alongside other projects.

Making a difference

As a consultant, I like to take the time to listen and understand each candidate’s needs to help them develop their career plan. By doing so, I am able to provide genuine and realistic market intelligence to guide them through their career planning. One of the most rewarding parts of this job is being able to meet candidates and clients from all walks of life, building long-lasting relationships with them. Nothing can replace the satisfaction I feel when my clients and candidates thank me for my assistance.

One of the most memorable experiences I had was placing a candidate after she had given birth. She had found it challenging to get back into the job market after spending almost a year looking for a job. I spent the time to understand her past experience, her strengths and abilities, providing advice and encouragement for her interview presentation. She ended up landing the job of her dreams and even got a good increment from her last salary. This was one of the moments in my career that made an impact on me and we continue to stay in touch till today.

Recruitment might be an extremely service oriented industry where you have to put people above self, but it can definitely give you a different perspective of the job market. Interested to join an industry where you can connect and work with great people? Learn more about why recruitment is a rewarding career option.